Hi all you Home Automation enthusiasts out there! I wanted to make sure that you were aware of the upcoming deadline for incandescent light bulbs. On January 1st, 2014, it will be illegal to manufacture or import 40 and 60 watt incandescent bulbs in the US. This signifies the end of the three year phase out of incandescent bulbs which started with 100 Watt bulbs, followed by 75 Watt bulbs a year later, in addition to various other types of energy inefficient lights. This will basically be it for incandescent’s now, they will be available until supplies run out across the country, but after that, no more except for a few lower wattages.
The reason for the phase-out is that incandescent bulbs are very inefficient when it comes to energy usage and the process they use to create light. Sorry Mr.Edison! Basically, incandescent bulbs heat an element inside called a filament to the point at which it is so hot that it glows, emitting light of a certain luminescence, based upon the wattage.
Here is a quick example why it was time for them to go. I went to Home Depot last month and bought a 9 Watt LED bulb that gives off the equivalent of a 65 Watt incandescent bulb. Now this LED will cost me quite a bit more to buy, I think it was about $15.00, but it will last approximately 22 years if used for 3 hrs a day! Thats a pretty huge return on your $15 investment, but don’t forget about the long term savings in electricity. This LED only uses 9 Watts of power compared to a 65 Watt incandescent, just simple math alone makes it over 7 times more energy efficient. Plus it is also dimmable as well, so can be used with dimmable z-wave switches too! Be sure to read my next post in that regard, coming out in a week or so.
If you would like to read more of the specifics of the final phase out deadline, here is an article from CE Pro magazine, a post entitled “Inefficient Incandescent Light Bulb Phase Out Complete” from the Light Directory newsletter,or you can read one of our posts of the article on our social sites, listed above, just do a search for the word, “incandescent”. Make sure you either stock up on those incandescent’s or contact us to help you make the transition to LED’s or fluorescents. We are more than happy to help – also, keep an eye pealed for my upcoming post on using Z-Wave switches for hardwired lighting and what switches work with different load types, I hope you will find it interesting as well as helpful.
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